Best Odds: 11/5
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is finally upon us and here at My Arsenal Blog, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the games which may or may not feature some of the Gunners’ biggest names. We’re kicking things off with arguably the game of the group stages, as local rivals Portugal and Spain battle it out to determine who gains control of Group B heading into the second set of fixtures.
Portugal are still living off of their shock Euro 2016 triumph two years ago, and despite not having the best squad again this time around, there’s still a chance that they could make some noise in Russia. They’ve got the tournament experience necessary to deal with the pressure, and outside of Spain, they’ve got two favourable games which should be seen as guaranteed victories.
The decision between starting Guedes or Andre Silva is the main cause of conversation.
Despite performing below expectations at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, Spain were initially going to be coming into this tournament with some confidence given the strength of their squad and their form as of late. However, the sacking of Julen Lopetegui has thrown their preparations into chaos, and now, we’re left to wonder what kind of impact it’ll have on the team.
Dani Carvajal is Spain’s only major injury worry, whereas Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal will likely be on the bench.
Factors to Consider
- Spain have a 17-6 advantage in head to head victories, with 12 draws.
- Portugal’s next game will be against Morocco on Wednesday.
- Spain’s next game will be against Iran on Wednesday.
- Portugal have won two, drawn three and lost one of their last six games.
- Spain have won three and drawn three of their last six games.
Portugal will know how to frustrate Spain from the word go, and while both teams have got players who can spring something out of nothing, we’re going to predict that this game won’t live up to expectations and we’ll end up with a 0-0 draw.
Best Odds: 11/5